Thursday, January 21, 2010

2010 book list

Detail from "Reading a book" by Rudolf Ernst

At the beginning of last year I wrote up a book list for myself. . . I thought I might as well do it again this year! I only ended up reading a fraction of the books from last year's list - naughty me! Hopefully I'll manage better this time around. . . 

Okay - my reading list for 2010. The first 10 titles are books that I have to read for book club. I've already read most of them, but I'll be re-reading them for book club. . .

Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
Christy - Catherine Marshall
Mara Daughter of the Nile - Eloise Jarvis McGraw
Agnes Grey - Anne Bronte
The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - C.S. Lewis
A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens



Wives and Daughters - Elizabeth Gaskell
Mary Barton - Elizabeth Gaskell
Shirley - Charlotte Bronte
Belinda - Maria Edgeworth
Camilla - Fanny Burney
Cecilia - Fanny Burney
The Silmarillion - J.R.R. Tolkien
The History of Rasselas - Samuel Johnson
Middlemarch - George Eliot
Daniel Deronda - George Eliot
War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
Bleak House - Charles Dickens
Little Dorrit - Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
Nicholas Nickleby - Charles Dickens (yes, I know, there's lots of Dickens. . .)  

-And I intend to make yet another attempt at tackling Shakespeare. . . figuratively, not literally, of course.


It's another fairly ambitious list! If I am able to read only half of the books on my list, I'll be happy.

Edit: added a couple of Burney and Edgeworth titles that I forgot to include in the list. . .


Elisabeth said...

I've read some of these, others not - The Importance of Being Earnest is absolutely hilarious. You'll love it. Also, both Anna Karenina and War and Peace are well worth the read - tremendous in size and scope, they give you a whole lot to think about and are enjoyable too, especially if you're the kind who loves thick, complicated epics. (I do.) I very, very highly recommend the Pevear/Volkhonsky translations.

A Tale of Two Cities and David Copperfield are among my favorite Dickens...and Wives and Daughters is great too.

Happy reading! :)

Anonymous said...

Nice to see someone else has War and Peace on their never ending book list! :) I enjoy your blog. Thanks!


Marian said...

Nicholas Nickleby is one of my faves!

The Silmarillion kinda scares me, though... :P

Gae said...

Dear Elise,
I love your ambitions. I have a great list I want to get through on my book list blog, not to mention I encouraged the children to all have great lists for this year too. Check out their lists on my Learning Blog.
Enjoy your reading
God Bless

Nibs said...

Wow, sounds really fun! I also want to read Shirley and Agnes Grey. And if you can only read two off the whole list, then Bleak House and David Copperfield they must be - those are wonderful!

LadyBug-Laurie said...

Looks like a great list, Elise! You are brave, attempting Eliot, Tolstoy and so much Dickens in a year is quite a feat! You go! :)
You mentioned Shakespeare but I didn't see any titles listed. What were you intending to tackle? May I suggest Twelfth Night, it's now my favorite of the comedies and I find it easier to read than Hamlet or Othello (heavy stuff that). Also A Winter's Tale, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night's Dream and As You Like It are great fun.

Natasha Atkerson said...

Do you think that the Elizabeth Gaskell books are appropriate for a 15 year old Christian? Because we watched North and South-upon your reccomendation- and LOVE IT! It was great, clean too! Are there any other movies you suggest? Natasha

Miss Jen said...

Lovely book list, dear!!! :)
Hope you are having a splendid day!!

Love~ Jen

The Editrix said...

Thank you everyone for your comments and recommendations! :-)

Gae - I had a look at the book lists. They look very good!

Laurie - LOL, like I said, I'll probably only get less than half of those books read! And thanks for the Shakespeare recommendations.

Rebekah said...

I love your list! I would love to read most of those myself - and I love A Christmas Carol!! :D

To the KING be all the glory!


"Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15

Natasha Atkerson said...

Sorry to bug you again! I've watched ONE adaption of Nicholas NicklebY by Charles Dickens, and I wished I hadn't! Do you know if theres any adaptions that don't have sexual content in them? I don't really even know what the story line of it is in the book. Sorry to bug you again!

Anonymous said...

Hi, Elise!

I like your reading list. It is very similiar to my own! I enjoy your blog so much that I suppose it's no coincidence! :-) Mine for this year includes as follows: Our Mutual Friend, Don Quixote, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Bleak House, Far from the Madding Crowd, The Orestiae, War & Peace, The Histories of Herodotus, La Reine Margot, Democracy in America, and The Faerie Queene.

One book which, to my surprise, I truly enjoyed reading in the past year was Virgil's The Aeneid. The relationship between Aeneas, a Trojan prince who escapes the burning of Troy and goes on to found Rome, and Dido, Queen of Carthage, is (in my opinion) the most tragic love story in all of literature. That's saying a lot! Virgil captures the entire spectrum of a spurned woman's feelings in the form of Dido's passion and ultimate despair. You may have already read The Aeneid, but I wanted to recommend it to you in case you have not.

By the way, I have been wondering about your "Top Period Dramas" countdown? You only blogged about the first one or two but stopped there! I enjoyed your "Austen Drama" countdown so much and was eagerly anticipating your second one. Hope you decide to pick it up again! Blessings ~ Lex Anne

The Editrix said...

Natasha - I haven't seen any of the film adaptations of Nicholas Nickleby, sorry I can't really help you there! You could check out the reviews at Charity's Place:

Lex Anne - thanks for the recommendation! I will definitely check it out. And no, I haven't forgotten about that series! I'll try to do the next installment sometime soon. . .